Weekend Wrap-Up

Weekend Wrap-Up

wrapping paper, ribbon, and twine

Here’s what happened in my life over the past week:

  • A notification popped up that one of my former managers saved a pin of mine on Pinterest a couple of days ago. It’s unlikely that she even realized it was my pin, and I’m sure it just came up as she was scrolling along, but it was still a bit weird.
  • I’ve been especially low on mental resources this week, and the guinea pigs have more cognitive power than I do right now. There was something I had to do last weekend that was cognitively intense (for me, anyway, which isn’t saying much), and that used up all of my brainpower for the entire week. So I’ve ended up spending a great deal of time staring at the computer screen in confusion.
  • I’ve started taking Sinemet, which is a medication that’s normally used for Parkinson’s, to see if it will help with the problems with speech and movement.
  • I sometimes feel vibrations when nothing’s actually vibrating. That’s been happening a lot this week. I’ve always interpreted it as feeling like it was happening underneath me, and figured that it was perceptual disturbances related to my mental illness, but I’m wondering if maybe it’s an internal tremor that I’m misinterpreting as being from an external source.
  • My massage therapist is back from maternity leave, so I had a massage this week. Not quite as relaxing wearing a mask, but it was still nice.
  • My brother brought my baby niece over for a visit. I brought the boy guinea pigs out of the cage, hoping Butternut would show off his popcorning. The poor boys were so terrified that they wouldn’t even accept celery.
Congress: It's time to pass the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act

Wrae of One Blog, One Day at a Time brought this up in a post earlier this week. The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act is stalled in American Congress, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is campaigning for it to be passed. It would designate 988 as a national suicide hotline.

The AFSP has a letter template here that you can use to get in touch with your Representative.

If you’re looking for some light fun, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah is doing The Pandemmy Awards, and you get to vote in categories like Best Kevin – the nominees for that are in the video below. My favourite is the last guy.

And sadly, RIP Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a truly remarkable woman.

How has your week been?

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41 thoughts on “Weekend Wrap-Up”

  1. Do you find massages help?

    It interests me how “Mental Resources” change, how some times focusing and thinking clearly goes out of the window, making studying, talking or writing very difficult. Well, everything difficult. Is that similar to Brain Fog.

    I think although I know a lot, I still have so much to learn

    1. Massages are pleasant at the time. As to whether it actually helps with anything, it’s hard to say.

      I’ve mostly heard the term brain fog in relation to physical illness, and I’m not really sure how it compares to cognitive symptoms of depression.

  2. Awwww, the guinea pigs were afraid of the baby? Poor dears!!

    I hope the new meds help, and I’m glad your masseuse is back !! YAY!!

    My week has been quite pleasant, and I’d say my therapy is going well. Nothing unhappy to report here, except that the first floor is under construction as we speak to fix the hole in the ceiling. I guess that’s not the end of the world, but I hope I can get down there and take a shower, even though the thought makes me feel a bit self-conscious. (I mean, it’s not like my dad’s good friend Mr. Sullivan would barge in past a locked door, but still….)

  3. I bet you was glad to have your massage. Hope it helps as it’s done before.

    Although a short week at work, with me being on annual leave until Wednesday just gone, I couldn’t wait for the weekend. Based on my evening job I was counting down to the weekend.
    As you know I have had deaf access issues with that one. I am finding still the one particular caretaker of all caretakers who has a disabled son to still slip up and talk to me with a mask on. Meanwhile, certain others in the security team, one still likes to sulk since boss had a general conversation with staff about making sure I see lips when speaking. But another removes his mask before he speaks.
    They have also seem to have ordered clear face masks in. They are being dished out, but to who, I don’t know. I have not seen anyone wear them, but whether they will soin, I don’t know.

    I had my walk today as you know. Just me. Caught up with neighbour.
    I plan to bake my bisuits. But haven’t yet as I was distracted with printing off another photo and writing statement with regards to neighbour opposite.
    I have had enough now. I refuse to write anymore statements.
    I will only defend my neighbour who are my next of kins, with them being like family to me now.

      1. That’s all I will do. I will defend my other neighbours if witnessing anything as a whole, (seeing both sides of it), but not if just hearing it from one side, because as you know, with previous tenants how one was pushed, we had that gun incident. I know both can possibly make a situation worse. Especially one of them. But the two I know more about, (my next of kins) them I will defend knowing what one situation that has been hinted towards them, neither would definitely do.
        They both have to put up with unnecessary noise. The one bed flat being overused above them.
        I can see how its getting to them.

          1. I have done doing anymore note taking, because I have enough paperwork to do regarding my mum, without keeping records of all this. Especially when you report to council and you feel nothing gets done.

  4. I’m so sorry you’ve been so short on brainpower lately. Would be endlessly frustrating for me personally.
    I hope the Sinemet helps.
    So glad that your massage therapist is back so you can enjoy massage again, at least I’m hoping it will continue to be as pleasant and enjoyable as possible. 🙂
    My Misha also doesn’t tolerate babies and toddlers. All the times that he’s ever had to do with them were either quite traumatic for him and he was scared and had to recharge for ages by having lots of sleep and alone time, or he had spectacular and potentially quite dangerous fits of jealousy if he felt like we paid more attention to the baby than him, it’s weird how he thinks babies are like rivals to him or something, and, as far as I’m concerned, totallyy unfounded and irrational.

  5. I can imagine getting that notification from your former manager being pretty weird! Glad you got to go for a massage, and I hope the Sinemet will be helpful for you <3
    Also – thank you for posting the link to pass the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act!!! I didn't even know this legislation was in the works (thanks, all the other craziness going on in the world, for that).

  6. We contacted our Representative urging support of 988 national suicide hotline. Thanks for the resources. Hadn’t even heard about 988.

    Like Skinnyhobbit, med changes making us loopy. We boiled a pot of…air yesterday. The pot might be salvageable.

  7. That is very strange about the vibrations, I hope it clears up. I also hope that the new medication will be able to help you.
    As for brain resources, that is so weird. I always assumed, naturally that the ‘bank’ just fills up with a good night sleep. Now I know that there is a lot more to it. I don’t like it when I’m that foggy that nothing seems doable but what can you do?
    Wishing you a very good week Ashley!

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